Kyoto with its amazing Buddhist temples and Shinto Shrines, bamboo forest, beautiful cherry blossom trees is a city that should be on every world travelers list of must visit cities.
|Kyoto Hotel Tower|
Took the Train from directly Kansai Airport to Kyoto, The ticket one way is 2770 Yen.
City Transportation: Bus day buss passes very convenient and available at General Grocery or convenience stores. Get a Bus Map, the map will have all the tourist abstractions the city has to off offer, you can pick the bus routes accordingly.
My Stay: Bon Guest House in Kyoto, a little further from the train station, close to Golden Pavilion, stayed in a traditional Japanese style room.
Japan can be expensive compared to other countries in Asia. Plan accordingly.
Kyoto Hotel Tower
Located right by the Kyoto Train Station, check out the observation deck for great views of the City.
Kinkaku ji - Golden Pavilion
Zen Buddhist temple in northern Kyoto. This was the start of my day in Kyoto, and a great way to start my sightseeing tour. Visitors are not allowed inside the Temple.
Yasaka Shrine - A must See
Also known as Gion Shrine, It is a beautiful Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto, Take bus 206 from Kyoto Station, you cannot miss it
Inside the Yasaka Shrine there were food vendors at night, I was there on a Friday night. tired after a day of walking and seeing the temples, a bowl of noodles from one of the food vendors was much needed carbs to keep me going.
Inside the temple - Picture Below
One of the last geisha districts in Japan
Walk Along the streets, check out the beautiful stores, souvenir shops and restaurants, food vendors, Tea Houses, must do things in Kyoto
Fushimi Inari Taisha - Shinto Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine has 1000's of Torii Gates, below a picture of the Red Torii Gate and the Second Picture of the Shrine. Shinto means the way of the Gods and Inari is the God of Rice
The bus from Kyoto Station to the Shrine is South 5, the South is in Japanese 南5
The gates below go all the way to the top of a Hill, Its a good hour and half plus walk up the Hill and you need to be in somewhat of a shape, I saw some people along the way quit and some much older folks go up all the way. I did go up all the way up.
You see these Fox statues near the shrine and some of them are holding a key in their mouth.
Below Picture taken where one ends the trek to the hill
Nijo Castle - Another MUST SEE
Nijo Castle with its Lovely gardens was the residence of the Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto, Shoguns were Military rulers in Japan. Ninomaru Palace inside the Castle Closes at 4 PM so be there in time. Photography is not allowed inside.